Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Edinburgh

Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a popular tourist destination in the area. It has a fascinating Old Town and an impressive castle which serves as the symbol for the city. The city also has a vibrant nightlife that attracts young travelers and backpackers. The city is filled with impressive restaurants, interesting shopping, and great music venues. It also hosts a variety of fun festivals throughout the year.

If you're traveling alone, there are some great hostels in Edinburgh that have a fun atmosphere and a social environment at an affordable price.
How much do hostels in Edinburgh cost?

You can find our comprehensive analysis of all hostel prices in Edinburgh here. We've found the average prices of dorms and private rooms, as well as the typical prices of hostels with various amenities, too.



Dorm Bed from $27.94
Overall Rating: 91%
105 High Street, Edinburgh
Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and friendly hostel located right in the middle of town. It has a friendly environment that is fun for solo travelers and makes it easy to meet other guests. There is a common area where many guests enjoy relaxing after a busy day exploring town. There's also a nice shared kitchen available to guests. It has all of the standard amenities including free wi-fi, laundry service, and security lockers. The staff can also help you coordinate tours in and around Edinburgh and Scotland.

The hostel is not a party hostel, and you should be able to get a good nights sleep, but they do encourage guests to get to know each other. The hostel hosts regular events for everyone including a free pub crawl every Thursday night. It's a mellow setting, but still social enough that a solo traveler won't have any trouble making a few friends.

Eight and ten bed dorms are available. You'll find both coed and female only rooms as well.


Dorm Bed from $30.69
Private Room from $38.37
Overall Rating: 84%
14 Argyle Place Marchmont, Edinburgh
Argyle Backpackers Hostel is a great option for travelers to Edinburgh. The hostel has a lot of character and is conveniently located about a ten or fifteen minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. It's also near the Royal Mile and the National Museum of Scotland. If you're in town for a festival, it's just two minutes from Meadows Park, which is the main festival facility in town.

The hostel has a variety of amenities available for guests including free wi-fi, free luggage storage, and two different kitchens that you can use. There's also a nice garden area where you can barbecue.

The hostel has large rooms with modern furnishings and plenty of natural light. Both private rooms and dorms are available. Private rooms include singles, twins, doubles, and triples. Dorms range in size from four bed rooms to six bed dorms and both coed and female only rooms are available.


Dorm Bed from $21.70
Private Room from $26.55
Overall Rating: 79%
Above Belushis Bar 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh
St Christopher's Edinburgh is part of a chain of hostels found throughout Europe. This hostel is another popular option for solo and independent travelers to the city. It's conveniently located near the Waverley Train Station and is a fun and affordable place to stay.

The hostel has an on-site restaurant that has decent food. Guests receive a 25% discount on all food from the restaurant. Other amenities to guests include free breakfast, free wi-fi access, and free laundry. The staff are travelers themselves and are available to answer any travel related questions you might have. If you're in town to party, then you'll enjoy the hostel owned bar, Belushi's. There's also a separate entertainment venue where you can enjoy live music, sporting events, and affordable drinks. If you just want to relax in the hostel then there are a variety of common areas including a lounge and television room.


Dorm Bed from $23.53
Private Room from $33.10
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 95%
15 Johnston Terrrace, Edinburgh
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a common room, and board games. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities. Wi-fi, security lockers, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $23.53
Private Room from $47.81
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 89%
8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service, bicycle hire, a common room, and board games. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $35.81
Private Room from $60.11
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 89%
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a common room, and board games. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, security lockers, luggage storage, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $33.25
Private Room from $29.42
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 88%
9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service, a bar, and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a restaurant and a cafe. Laundry facilities, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, and key card access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable. And Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is also child friendly.


Dorm Bed from $20.46
Private Room from $24.56
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 87%
2 West Port Grassmarket, Edinburgh
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a bar, a common room, board games, and cable tv. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a restaurant, a cafe, self-catering facilities, and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, key card access, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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